NO2 3.....or.....understanding FB

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NO2 3.....or.....understanding FB

Post by cweed4 » Tue May 20, 2008 3:40 pm

I could not find any posts regarding this rather obsure and inconsequential comic. But, in my continuing look back through Spidey history I felt like bringing up this minor point to clarify for myself how FB entries are used here.

A search for NO2 3 comes up with the following-

NO2 3
BIRDBRAIN
CONDOR
CONTROLLER/BASIL SANDHURST/XANDER BASEL
NOVA/RICHARD RIDER
NOVA 0:0
NO2 3 -FB-FB
CONTROLLER/BASIL SANDHURST/XANDER BASEL
NOVA/RICHARD RIDER
NO2 3 -FB
JAMESON, J. JONAH
NOVA/RICHARD RIDER
ROBERTSON, JOE "ROBBIE"
SPIDER-MAN/PETER BENJAMIN PARKER
URICH, BEN
NO2 3 -FB-BTS
CONTROLLER/BASIL SANDHURST/XANDER BASEL


(A very short) issue summary:
Spidey meets up w/ Ben Urich to figure out why Nova is acting nuts. When he shows up they figure out (through a series of flashbacks) that the Corruptor has, well, corrupted him. The issue is told in a disjointed sequence. The actual chronology of events roughly breaks down by pages like this (w/included characters)-

12-13 nova,corruptor
5-9 nova,spidey,ben,jjj,robbie (corruptor-bts?)
14-18 nova,spidey (corruptor-bts?)
1-4 spidey,ben,corruptor
10-11 nova,spidey,ben
19-22 nova,spidey,ben,corruptor,nova 0:0,condor,birdbrain

The "current time" story takes places over the last 3 lines w/ the first 3 lines involving different FB's.

So, to keep a short question from becoming ridiculously long and complicated: Does NO2 3 -FB-FB designate a FB within a FB or a second FB? It would seem to me that the chronologies should be listed like this-

nova:
no2 3-fb {approached by corruptor:pp 12-13}
no2 3-fb {attacks bugle:pp 5-9}
no2 3-fb {fights spidey:pp 14-18}
no2 3 {main story:pp 10-11,19-22}

corruptor:
no2 3-fb
no2 3-fb-bts
no2 3-fb-bts
no2 3

spidey:
no2 3-fb
no2 3-fb
no2 3

ben:
no2 3-fb
no2 3

jjj/robbie: (unchanged)
no2 3-fb

nova 0:0/condor/birdbrain: (unchanged)
no2 3



Current listings-
nova:
NO2 3-FB-FB
NO2 3-FB
NO2 3

corruptor:
NO2 3-FB-FB
NO2 3-FB-BTS
NO2 3

spidey:
NO2 3-FB

ben:
NO2 3-FB




At the very least both Spidey and Ben should have 2 entries (NO2 3-FB & NO2 3) since their appearances in the opening pages occur, chronologically, after their appearances on subsequent pages. Of course, this all could be much ado about nothing more than an entry error for a forgettable comic. *doh*

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Re: NO2 3.....or.....understanding FB

Post by Somebody » Tue May 20, 2008 5:02 pm

cweed4 wrote:So, to keep a short question from becoming ridiculously long and complicated: Does NO2 3 -FB-FB designate a FB within a FB or a second FB?
-FB-FB indeed denotes a nested flashback - i.e., a flashback within a flashback (it's possible, if unlikely by way of extreme rareness), for it to get to -FB-FB-FB or more.

Multiple FBs should always, in theory, be accompanied by page ranges, but in practice older entries often omit them. These entries would still only have one -FB though, subject to the above.

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